July has just flown by, I feel like it just started a few days ago! As a kid July used to DRAG on...probably because I was always impatient for my birthday near the end of July. I think the month passing SO quickly is a sign I'm getting old 😂 Somehow under the guise of calm mornings, all our time slipped away. We didn't even do much this month, except the kids spent SOOOOO much time playing together. They seriously are best friends right now. They are creative, imaginative and can just spend hours at a time playing school, or Harry Potter, or pretending they're baby birds together. Ellie will spend time making projects and Aiden will spend time reading book after books after book. Or Aiden will sit and read to Ellie as she makes her project, which is my favorite :)
They're getting older and more independent and this mama has been wondering how I've had so much time on my hands lately! Aiden starts full-time preschool this year, (in ONE week!!) and I have NO idea what I'm going to do with myself! It's a whole new world I've never thought about -beacuse it felt so far away!!!
Also happening in our lives right now......Ben's job. He was planning on being at his job for at least another 5 years, and that's why we bought a house here. However, things have changed quickly over the last 6 months or so and he's really kinda miserable where he's at which means he's looking for a new job. That brings a whole new level of whaaaaaaaaaaa???? to our lives!!! We just got here! We just got settled! Are we going to be moving again?!?! Where? When? What about the kids and school? What about everything!??!?!
Honestly, I hate change. I'm bad with change. Ben embraces it and goes with the flow. Maybe someday I'll learn that wonderful trait from him, but in the mean time I'm not sure what to do or think. Ben currently is interviewing with a company that has openings here in Atlanta, and in Salt Lake. We don't know if we'd stay here, go there, or get the choice between them. The change stresses me out, but rally I just need to be focusing on the fact that either way, if he got the job it would be a GOOD THING! He would LOVE the job, and the options are kind of the best of both worlds. I'd LOVE to stay here. LOVE to not change everything AGAIN! And I LOVE Atlanta SOOOOO much. I'm not AT ALL ready to be done here, and we'd be moving away from Ben's half of the family :( . But.......I'd kinda love moving back to Utah. I'd love to have the kids grow up with their cousins. And I miss my family! And I miss the mountains and the sunsets and lots of other things. Anyway, that's July for us! (Ellie's birthday post is seperate- and my birthday was wrapped into a wonderful week at the beach, also seperate :))
Cow appreciation day! Our favorite :) It was hilarious, Ellie woke up and the first thing she said was, "Dad has the day off work today, right? Because it's a holiday?" Me: "It's not a holiday today sweetie, what are you thinking of?" "But, it's Cow Appreciation Day!" 😂 Haha, we love this silly tradition of ours to go every year, and we LOVE that Ellie loves it so much :) Aiden too, he was pretty darn excited! Ben wasn't going to be able to go with us this year, because they stop cow appreciation day at 7, and he was going to still be at work, so we went during the day.
(they look THRILLED don't they?!? 😂 They really were! We're going to blame the bright sun here )
Remember how I said Ben wasn't going to come with us? Well, as it turns out, he had an eye appointment that he forgot about. Because of that, he was able to leave work early for his appointment, and he didn't have to go back after! Which meant.....we had to take him to Chick-fil-A! (Ellie was hilarious, she worked on her moo all day, and at Chick-fil-A she kept moo-ing. She was moo-ing in this picture, she covers her mouth and gets a pretty realistic sounding moo!
So many evenings night after Ben gets home we've gone on our favorite turtle walk :) That's what summer nights are for, right?
The kids thought they were SO hilarious doing tree pose on a tree!
I just love this view out our bedroom widow, this is what summer in GA looks like :)
Just had to document this one, because Ellie is always running around with the most hilarious outfits on!
And had to document this. Ellie and Aiden were playing Harry Potter, Aiden was being Ron. They were pretending it was Christmas time so Aiden came up to get his knit Christmas sweater on 😂
One fun thing we did last week was visit a Sunflower farm :)
We took Ellie's 6 year old pictures while we were there, so those will be in a seperate post but here are a few pics from our fun time :) Ellie also brought her friend with, so that made our time even more fun! We wandered through the flowers, took pictures, had a picnic, and then you can cut your own flowers to take home, so we did. A place with U-pick flowers is definitely my kind of place!
Our sweet Ellie Belly turned SIX this year! I just can't believe it. She was SO excited for her birthday, and we sure did have a fun day and pack a lot in! We asked her if she'd prefer to have a friends birthday party or if she'd prefer to go do something fun as a family, and she chose the latter. So--fun family activity we did! We woke up bright and early and headed out to Helen, GA.
( I snuck her outside for a few pictures just before we left. Our beautiful six year old!!)
We've been to Helen once before and we wanted to go tubing down the river, but we had heard it was closed, bummer! Turns out, when we got to Helen, it actually was open as we saw lots of floaters passing on the river. BUMMER! Anyway, ever since then Ellie has REALLY wanted to go, so go we did. Because it was the 4th and we didn't know how busy it would be (and because of the heat!) we wanted to get there when they opened at 9. It's nearly a 2 hour drive, but we made it there by 9 and it wasn't too busy at all. The float was wonderful, the river was calm but had enough current to keep us moving, there were some fun little rapids (the kids favorite part!) and it was just FUN! The river was mostly shaded, too, so the weather was PERFECT. Somehow I ended up with a tube without a bottom (I think that was probably the only one of HUNDREDS!) and so my bum sat in the river the whole time 😂. Whoops! The only bummer of the trip was I lost the pictures I took :( We bought a floating waterproof case for a phone, and we took an old phone just in case we lost it. Good thing, because I lost it😢 I'm not sure how, it was on a lanyard around my neck. I hopped out of the tube at one point to help Ellie, and there was a pretty strong current so I stumbled and it took me a minute to get my footing. When I did, the phone was just gone. So bummed! But! We still had an awesome time, and it's something we'll remember forever even without the pictures :)
(this is the only picture we have, since we lost all the river ones we at least had to take one with our actual phone when we got back to the parking lot)
On the way home, we stopped at a little rock shop on the side of the road just toi check it out. We bought the birthday girl a piece of pink flourite, because of course she flipped the second she saw a pink rock 😂 .
Bahaha, this one cracks me up. Typical siblings. Ellie trying to focus and pick our her rock, but annoyed because little brother is bothering her 😂
We headed home for cake and presents. Ellie wanted a Unicorn cake pull apart cake, so I gave it a try. Here's our unicorn friend :)
For her birthday she got rain boots, lots of stuff to make a fairy garden (thanks Grandma/Grandpa, Ty, Monica and Jewells for the fairy garden supplies!) , a fairy search book (thanks Jewells!) , a pink shirt, a poppy figure (from trolls), embroidery floss to make friendship bracelets, and a photo album of pictures printed from the last year, and a few Moana play sets :) Also, she got to go on a Build-A-Bear date with Grammy and Papa the weekend before (of course she chose a Skye build-a-bear) and a few days later she got another moana set, a game and clothes (thanks aunt nicole!) and a trolls garden (thanks uncle danny!) I'd say she had a splendid birthday :)
After cake and ice cream, we headed off to a pool party/bbq with friends to celebrate the 4th! We had a great time, and my sweet friend/hostess Eugenie even had a cake there for Ellie and everyone sang to her :) She absolutely loved it!
We had planned to go the the Roswell city fireworks, but by the time we got home we wouldn't have made it over there in time, so we ran to Kroger and got a pack of fireworks to do in the driveway :)
We had lots of fun with that, and then while he was at Kroger a lady told Ben that if we drove over to the local highschool you could see fireworks. Well.... we gave it a try and you couldn't. BUT...there is a neighborhood under construction near there that's up on a hill. The land is cleared, and it's totally empty so we parked up there and we could see all around, so we watched a bunch of random firework shows from there sitting on the top of our car :)
It was a great day all around!!!! If I were Ellie, I would want to turn six every year because we had such a FUN day!
Love this sweetie. More on her coming when I do a six year old post with her six year old pictures :)
Also something to include on this birthday post, for her birthday Grammy and Papa usually take her on a date to pick a present. This year, they took her to build-a-bear and out to lunch and she had a blast! Here's what she picked